Collegiate Awards

Mortar Board is proud to honor chapters for the excellence they exhibit throughout the year. All chapters are encouraged to nominate themselves for higher honors such as the Project Excellence Award, the Gold Torch Award, Most Improved Chapter and our highest honor, the Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award.

Nominations for all awards are due on or before May 15.


Ruth Weimer Mount
Chapter Excellence Award

The Ruth Weimer Mount Chapter Excellence Award is the highest honor given to any chapter. This award is given to the chapter who demonstrated excellence in chapter operations, advising, visibility, communications and participation.

Recipients

  • 2021 – University of San Diego
  • 2020 – San Diego State University
  • 2019 – University of Washington
  • 2018 – Texas Tech University
  • 2017 – Texas Wesleyan University
  • 2016 – The University of Alabama
  • 2015 – Kansas State University
  • 2014 – University of Nebraska at Kearney and Purdue University
  • 2013 – The Ohio State University
  • 2012 – San Diego State University
  • 2011 – University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2010 – Hope College
  • 2009 – University of Washington
  • 2008 – University of Wyoming
  • 2007 – University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • 2006 – University of San Diego
  • 2005 – Oklahoma State University
  • 2004 – Kansas State University
  • 2003 – San Diego State University
  • 2002 – Purdue University

Freeman and Fox Most Improved Chapter

Encouraging chapters to honor tradition while embracing change was the inspiration that led the mother-daughter team of Dr. Mabel Freeman (The Ohio State University, 1965) and Dr. Kirsten Freeman Fox (Ohio State, 1996) to create the Freeman and Fox Chapter Revitalization Fund in the Mortar Board National Foundation. The fund supports chapters who are developing their programming and increasing their presence on campus. The Freeman and Fox Most Improved Chapter receives a monetary award from the endowment that Mabel and Kirsten created. The award is given annually.

Recipients

  • 2021 – Case Western Reserve University
  • 2020 – University of California, Los Angeles and Chapman University
  • 2019 – Wichita State University
  • 2018 – Illinois State University
  • 2017 – Oklahoma Baptist University
  • 2016 – University of Mary Washington
  • 2015 – Beloit College
  • 2014 – Lawrence University
  • 2013 – Mississippi College and The University of South Dakota
  • 2012 – The University of Findlay and Louisiana State University
  • 2011 – University of South Carolina
  • 2010 – University of Utah
  • 2009 – Cornell College
  • 2008 – Drury University and Oklahoma Baptist University
  • 2007 – University of Colorado
  • 2006 – William Jewell College
  • 2005 – University of South Alabama
  • 2004 – Northern Arizona University
  • 2003 – Indiana State University
  • 2002 – Texas Tech University
  • 2001 – Westminster College

Project Excellence Award

Project Excellence Awards recognize outstanding chapter projects with high member participation. Chapters must apply or be nominated to receive this award. In 2021, 11 chapters were recognized for 24 projects.

2021 recipients

  • Carleton College
    Community Book Drive
  • Chapman University
    Read-a-Thon and Book Drive
  • Endicott College
    Beautiful Difference Initiative
  • Kansas State University
    Mortar Board Helpful Tips to Succeed in Online Classes
  • Lyon College
    SCARF during pandemic
    Pocket Hand Sanitizer Distribution
  • University of North Dakota
    Turkey Basket Drive
  • The Ohio State University
    Last Lecture Series with Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers
    Faculty and Staff Reception
  • University of San Diego
    Senior Celebration
    Fall and Spring Alumni Engagement Initiative
    Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Initiative
    Faculty Appreciation Dinner
    Linda Vista Engagement Initiative
  • San Diego State University
    Daily Planner and Calendar of Events
    31st Annual Faculty Staff Appreciation Event Mortar Board scholarships
    Active/Alumni Involvement
    CCMB Collaborative

Gold Torch Award

The Gold Torch Award honors chapters that exemplify scholarship, leadership and service. They are dedicated to Mortar Board, its purpose and its Ideals. These chapters are active on their campus in ways that improve the quality of student life. In 2021, 24 chapters received the Gold Torch Award.

2021 recipients

  • Section 4 – Southeast
    Agnes Scott College
    Lenoir-Rhyne University
    Salem College
  • Section 5 – Floribama
    The University of Alabama
    University of South Alabama
  • Section 6 – South
    Lyon College
  • Section 7 – Tennessee Valley
    University of Louisville
  • Section 8 – Southern Ohio
    The Ohio State University
  • Section 9 – Northern Ohio
    Case Western Reserve University
    Ohio Northern University
  • Section 11 – Indiana
    Purdue University
  • Section 12 – Illinois
    Illinois State University
  • Section 14 – Northern Great Plains
    The University of Nebraska – Lincoln
    University of North Dakota
  • Section 15 – Southern Great Plains
    Kansas State University
    University of Missouri – Columbia
  • Section 17 – Texas
    Texas Tech University
  • Section 18 – Southwest
    The University of New Mexico
  • Section 19 – Rocky Mountain
    University of Wyoming
  • Section 21 – West
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Chapman University
    University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
    University of San Diego
    San Diego State University

Silver Torch Award

All chapters are able to achieve the Silver Torch. This award signifies the chapter met all standards.

2021 recipients

  • Section 1 – Northeast
    Western New England University
  • Section 2 – Pennsylvania
    Bucknell University
    Carnegie Mellon University
  • Section 3 – Mid Atlantic
    College of William and Mary
    Hood College
    Longwood University
    University of Mary Washington
    West Virginia University
  • Section 4 – Southeast
    Converse College
  • Section 5 – Floribama
    Florida State University
  • Section 6 – South
    Alcorn State University
    University of Mississippi
  • Section 7 – Tennessee Valley
    University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Section 8 – Southern Ohio
    Denison University
    University of Cincinnati
  • Section 10 – Michigan
    Adrian College
    Albion College
    Central Michigan University
    Hope College
  • Section 12 – Illinois
    Augustana College
  • Section 13 – Upper Midwest
    Beloit College
    Carleton College
    Lawrence University
  • Section 14 – Northern Great Plains
    The University of South Dakota
  • Section 15 – Southern Great Plains
    The University of Kansas
    William Jewell College
  • Section 16 – Central
    Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Section 17 – Texas
    Southern Methodist University
  • Section 19 – Rocky Mountain
    Colorado State University
  • Section 20 – Pacific Northwest
    University of Puget Sound
    University of the Pacific
    University of Washington